Blast Off to Adventure: A Review of SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake

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Laugh out loud at the game’s witty writing and clever gameplay.

“Ahoy there, me hearties! Are you ready to embark on an intergalactic adventure with SpongeBob SquarePants and his pals? Well, shiver me timbers, because The Cosmic Shake has finally arrived! Developed by Purple Lamp Studios and published by THQ Nordic, this game blasted off on January 31, 2023, and is available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows. As a fan of the beloved show, I was as giddy as a jellyfish in a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to dive into the game and explore Bikini Bottom’s cosmic playground.

Get ready to join SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward, Sandy, and Mr. Krabs as they travel through different galaxies, each with its own unique challenges and environments. The characters are true to their TV show personas, with SpongeBob’s infectious positivity, Patrick’s lovable goofiness, Squidward’s signature sarcasm, Sandy’s brains and brawn, and Mr. Krabs’ love for money.

The gameplay is a mix of platforming, puzzle-solving, and space exploration, with intuitive controls that make it easy to pick up and play. The graphics are vibrant, colorful, and true to the show’s style, which adds to the game’s lighthearted and fun atmosphere.

What Makes SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake so Good

One of the standout features of SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake is its visual design, which perfectly captures the charm and humor of the show. The characters are all wonderfully animated, with their unique personalities and quirks reflected in their movements and expressions. The game’s environments are richly detailed and full of vibrant colors, making them a treat for the eyes.

Top-notch Storyline

The video game’s storyline is top-notch, capturing the spirit of the show’s humor perfectly. The jokes are hilarious and often self-aware, with references to iconic moments from the show that will have fans nodding in recognition. Each character is well-written and they bring their own unique brand of humor to the mix, from SpongeBob’s boundless enthusiasm to Squidward’s dry wit.

A Gameplay with Depth

The gameplay in SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake is also a lot of fun, with a perfect balance between platforming and puzzle-solving. 

Each character has their own exquisite abilities, which the player can use to navigate through the levels and overcome obstacles. 

Whether it’s using Sandy’s lasso to swing across gaps or Plankton’s shrink ray to sneak through tight spaces, each character adds a new layer of depth to the gameplay. 

Drawbacks to SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake

It’s not all smooth-sailing with SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake, as there are some drawbacks to the game worth mentioning.

Limited Camera Angles

One of the downsides of the game is the camera angles, which can be a bit awkward at times. The camera doesn’t always follow the player’s movements, which can make it difficult to navigate through some of the more challenging sections of the game. 

Unresponsive Controls

The controls can also feel a bit unresponsive, which can be frustrating during some of the more intense platforming sequences.

Repetitive Challenges and Low Difficulty Level

Another potential issue with the game is that it might not be challenging enough for experienced gamers. The puzzles and objectives can feel a bit repetitive, and the difficulty level is generally quite low. However, this is balanced out by the game’s humor and overall charm, which make it an enjoyable experience even for more seasoned players. 

Unique Traits of Major Characters

SpongeBob SquarePants

The beloved protagonist of the show, SpongeBob, is as bouncy and as enthusiastic as ever in the game. He can double-jump and use his trusty spatula to smack enemies and objects out of the way.

Patrick Star

SpongeBob’s dim-witted best friend, Patrick, is a little slower than his companion, but can take a hit and dish out some punishment of his own with his belly flop attack.

Sandy Cheeks

The smart and resourceful squirrel Sandy can swing across gaps using her lasso and her karate skills to take out enemies.


The diminutive villain of the show, Plankton, is a bit of a sneaky character in the game. He can use his shrink ray to slip through tight spaces and avoid danger.

Squidward Tentacles

The curmudgeonly neighbor of SpongeBob, Squidward, is a bit of a reluctant hero in the game. He can use his clarinet to stun enemies and create platforms to jump on. 

Final Thoughts

SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake is a delightful game that will have fans of the show and newcomers alike hooked from the start. However, more experienced gamers may find the difficulty level rather low. 

The unresponsive controls and awkward camera angles somewhat limit the gameplay and viewing respectively. 

But all in all, if you want to play a humor filled, lighthearted, fun video game, then SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake is one for your collection. 

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